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Jul 23, 2013 10:07 AM by AP/CS

NAACP to weigh in on closure of railroad crossings

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council unanimously approved a resolution that supports the local NAACP chapter's efforts to try to force the reopening of three railroad crossings state transportation officials closed last month.

Patricia Morris, president of the Greater Tangipahoa Parish Branch chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said her group will seek to have a federal civil-rights investigation done "to advocate for those households who must now suffer the effects of the closures."

Last month, The Advocate reports state crews closed the three crossings and later tore out the short sections of roads leading from La. Highway 22 across the Canadian National Railroad tracks.

Morris says more than 500 households in the parish are directly affected by the three closures.

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